Method for a Comprehensive Memory Parser for Solid State Drives (SSDs)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Branch: N/A
Contract: HSHQDC-12-C-00079
Agency Tracking Number: DHS SBIR-2012.2-H-SB012.2-001-0008-I
Amount: $96,999.94
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: H-SB012.2-001
Solicitation Number: DHS SBIR-2012.2
Small Business Information
1532 N. Wakefield St, Arlington, VA, 22207-2138
DUNS: 078597409
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Hank Wallace
 (540) 966-4356
Business Contact
 LeMarque Sheppard
Title: CEO
Phone: (571) 201-3045
Research Institution
S34A, Inc. proposes research into methodologies for creating a coherent Logical Block Address (LBA) space in order to produce comprehensive images of the contents of solid state drives. Solid state drives (SSDs) are increasing in popularity - replacing traditional hard disk drives - and proliferating across a wide range of portable consumer devices. Unfortunately for law enforcement and forensic examiners, traditional forensic approaches used with hard disk drives are inadequate and irrelevant when applied to SSDs given the unique firmware, wear leveling, garbage collection, and TRIM algorithms used by SSDs. An alternative to write-blocking tools developed for hard disk drives is essential. At the end of a successful Phase I effort, S34A, Inc. will have developed a methodology that allows for the parsing of data from SSDs from multiple SSD manufacturers. The result of Phase II will be the development of a common set of hardware and software tools for parsing of data from multiple SSDs. These tools will provide Federal, State, and Local law enforcement with a capability that simply does not exist today. With SSD shipments expected to top 200 million units by 2016, this innovation will be critical to the continued, effective performance of day-to-day law enforcement activities across the globe. Technology readiness level at beginning of Phase 1: "1" Technology readiness level at conclusion of Phase 1: "3"

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